On Thursday, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper officially ended his presidential campaign and said that he is seriously considering a run against Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.
Hickenlooper said in a video message explaining his decision and thanking supporters, “Today, I’m ending my campaign for president. But I will never stop believing that America can only move forward when we work together. People want to know what comes next for me. I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate. They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state. I intend to give that some serious thought.”
Hickenlooper’s exit from the presidential race likely signals the beginning of the several candidates being forced to drop out should they fall short of qualifying for future debates, including several senators and governors. Among those who are likely to miss the cut for the September debate in Houston: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Others, like former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, are closer to qualifying but have yet to do so.
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